Bats quiet in Hickory loss
The Hickory Crawdads managed just three hits on Tuesday night, resulting in a 7-0 loss to the Lakewood BlueClaws at L.P. Frans Stadium in Hickory.
Lakewood scored seven runs on 12 hits, including two solo home runs by Dylan Cozens.
Cozens gave the BlueClaws a 1-0 lead with his first homer of the day in the top of the second inning. In the fourth inning, Zach Green hit a one-out single and advance to third after two wild pitches. Mitch Walding followed with an RBI double to right to extend the lead to 2-0. Cozens added an insurance run for Lakewood with his second home of the day in the sixth inning.
Lakewood went on to add a run in the eighth and three more in the ninth to put the game out of reach. In the top of the eighth, Walding hit an RBI double to score Green. Then in the ninth, Andrew Knapp hit an RBI double and Cozens followed with his fourth hit of the day on an RBI single. Green hit a sacrifice fly in the inning to make the score 7-0.
Hickory's three hits came on a double by Kellin Deglan and singles by Michael De Leon and Ryan Cordell.
Yoel Mecias picked up his first win of the season for the BlueClaws. He threw the first five innings of shutout baseball and allowed just two hits, while striking out seven.
Tyler Smith suffered the loss for Hickory. He pitched five and one-third innings, allowing three runs on seven hits, while striking out six.
Since winning 16 of 18 games, the Crawdads have notched victories just twice in their last 11 games.
Hickory and Lakewood will play today at noon at L.P. Frans Stadium.